Thursday 28th of January marks data protection [or] privacy day. The annual event is celebrated globally to generate awareness around the importance of data privacy and to share best practices on how to safeguard your data.
Data Protection Day (originating in Europe) commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, on January 28th 1981. With the 2018 Data Protection Act (GDPR) coming into fruition recently, corporations are now subject to much more stringent rules and regulations, designed to protect the user’s data and ensure clarity of how and where it is used.
So why is it important?
In a data-driven world, it is increasingly important that you ensure your data is protected to the highest standard. Following the DPA 2018, organisations can now be held accountable for improperly storing or obtaining data. Breaches of these regulations can result in Identity theft or other online crimes, that are currently reaching an all-time high. Identity theft is almost exclusively an online occurrence and requires very little information for such a severe outcome.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically shaped conversations around data privacy, our dependence on the internet has grown considerably over the past year with many reliant on working remotely and teaching and socialising online. With an increasing amount of personal and business data being stored online or in the cloud, it is vital that your team has access to the best data protection practices to reduce the risk of third-party misuse and keep your data secure. As we have seen before, data breaches within organisations can result in astronomical financial penalties and cause irreversible damage to the business’ reputation.
Consent and transparency are at the forefront of everything we do. At Beeta, we work with our clients, taking a principled approach, to find the best software solution and provide a secure framework. Ensuring that they meet data protection standards, whilst enhancing their technological needs. If you want to continue to operate efficiently, with the reassurance that your data is protected, get in touch to find out how we can help!
3 tips to increase data privacy in your business:
- Implement mandatory training – Encourage employees to take online courses to gain a better awareness of how to avoid data privacy risks/ breaches.
- Educate employees on how to manage their personal data – Better data privacy practices at home will translate to better data privacy behaviour at work.
- Ensure the business has access to modern security software – or give us a call and we will do all the heavy lifting for you!